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MSU Denver hosts Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics competition Oct. 24

28 area middle and high schools compete for local title

Contact: Tim Carroll, O:303-556-5136, C:303-870-7705

Posted: October 21, 2015

WHAT: Now entering its sixth year, the Rocky Mountain BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) event has 28 local middle and high school teams designing, building and testing robots, in competition with each other.  Volunteers and sponsors support the entire program, and the event is held at MSU Denver, where professors and students from aviation and aerospace science, engineering technology, industrial design and marketing participate as mentors, judges and event personnel.

Each team receives an identical kit of materials and equipment, with six weeks to develop the robot. The teams were given a demonstration from MSU Denver students who developed their own prototype robot to help participants plan their individual machine designs. This year’s competition teams will play Pay Dirt, a simulated mining game where robots move through a mine to extract materials. The robots maneuver through different levels to extract ores, each of which represents a different point value. The team that completes the most tasks, and thus collects the most points, wins.

WHY: MSU Denver is committed to promoting education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program introduces students to engineering and scientific inquiry through mentoring by industry professionals and hands-on experience. The mission of BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition, is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. MSU Denver is developing a new aerospace, engineering sciences curriculum and facility to address next-generation needs in manufacturing. The BEST program complements theses efforts by cultivating creativity and innovation skills needed to help establish an educated workforce to drive Colorado’s economy for the long-term.  

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

WHERE:  Auraria Campus Event Center, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204        


Team Registration and Robot Compliance Check       7:30-8:30 a.m.

Pit Briefing                                                                8:30-9 a.m.

Opening Ceremony                                                    9:45-10 a.m.

BEST Award team exhibits                                         9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Robotics Competition                                                10 a.m.-4 p.m.            

Awards Ceremony                                                      4:30-5 p.m.

WHO: Jose Lopez, lecturer in MSU Denver’s Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science and executive director of Rocky Mountain BEST, will be available for interviews as well as students participating in the competition.  Dean of the College of Professional Studies Sandra Haynes and Professor and Chair of the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science Jeff Forrest will award trophies.

Competing schools include: Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning, Bishop Machebeuf High School, Broomfield High School, Cripple Creek-Victor High School, Denver School of Science and Technology, East High School, Golden High School, D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, Manning Middle School, North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus, Skyline High School, Skyview Middle School, St. Mary’s Academy, Standley Lake High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Warren Tech High School, Wheat Ridge High School, Woodland Park Middle School, Innovation Center of the St Vrain Valley School District, Byers Middle School (DSST), Cole High School (DSST), GVR High School (DSST), Fountain Valley High School, High Tech Early College, Lake County High School, Manual High School, Mrachek Middle School, Ralston Valley High School. 


About Rocky Mountain BEST

Rocky Mountain BEST is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. It is the Colorado regional hub for BEST Robotics competitions and supports schools, teachers and students in the area who engage in BEST activities. The first chapter of BEST started in 1993 in Grayson County, Texas, by two Texas Instruments engineers. Today, there are 51 community-based BEST chapters in 16 states, made possible by 4,000 volunteers, 900 schools and 13,500 students nationally. To get involved, visit


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

For 50 years Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution. 

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